Who doesn’t love cheesecake?!
And we are also big fans of cooking with seasonal ingredients as well. So, as summer is coming up, we thought we’d create a cheesecake that uses one of the summer’s most popular ingredients – the beloved strawberry! And to make this yummy cake a bit grown-up, we thought we’d add in some vodka there too. If the nearest liquor store to you sells strawberry vodka, then you might want to use that rather than plain. It’ll pair extra well with delicious fresh strawberries! Right then, let’s get baking!
1 tbsp sugar
½ cup quartered strawbs
1lb curd cheese
12 fl oz heavy cream
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
⅓ cup cornflour
5 beaten eggs
2 cups plain biscuits
Pinch of cinnamon
1.5 cups melted butter
- Mix together the vodka, tablespoon of sugar, and strawberries, and leave to soak overnight.
- The next day, heat up the oven to Gas Mark 4 / 350 F.
- Add all the biscuits to a food processor and break them all up until you are left with a whole lot of crumbs. Mix in the cinnamon.
- Add the melted butter to the biscuit mix and stir well until all the crumbs are well coated. Use this mixture to line a well-greased baking tin.
- Bake the buttery biscuit base for ten minutes in the oven, and then leave to one side to cool.
- Next, you need to make the cheese mixture. To do this, mix the curd cheese, heavy cream, cup of sugar, vanilla essence, corn flour, and eggs together in a large bowl. Keep on beating until you are sure that everything is well-combined.
- Drain the strawberries and mix them into the cheese mixture. Don’t throw away the vodka mix, though, this will be used later for the topping.
- Pour this mixture onto the top of the biscuit base.
- Wrap the bottom of the baking tin in tin foil and then place it into a deep baking tray. Fill the tray with boiling water. There should be enough to come halfway up to the top of the tin.
- Bake in the oven for 75 minutes or until the cheesecake is golden brown on top.
- Leave it to cool. Ideally, you will need to leave it in a fridge overnight.
- Heat some strawberry jam along with the vodka mixture in a pan. Heat it gently; make sure it doesn’t boil. Once it is combined and viscous, you should take it off the heat and coat the top of the cheesecake with it. Pop it back in the fridge to chill before serving.
And there you have it, a deliciously summery cheesecake that will go down ever so well on a summer afternoon. If you want to feel extra summery, why not enjoy it with a refreshing cocktail! It will also go well as a dessert at your next garden party.
Do you have some other summer cheesecakes that involve alcohol? Let us know your favorite recipes!